This year, Junior Council started S.I.D. Spotlight, a monthly social media series that features the incredible staff that works in Lurie Children’s Pediatric & Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program, as well as select patients and scholarship recipients.

These incredible people featured each month demonstrate the difference that Junior Council makes in so many lives, and is why we work hard to continue making sure the clinic and patients have the funds necessary to succeed.

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Jarron Williams

A former patient at Lurie Children’s and recent graduate from Northern Illinois University, is our July #SIDSpotlight. His inspirational story below is the reason Junior Council exists and why we take such pride in the money we raise for Lurie Children’s Pediatric & Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program.

Here’s what Jarron had to say:

“I have been at the clinic my entire life. Lynn Heald and Jamie and Nadine have been there for me for as long as I can remember. I remember the first time I took a shot without crying and how proud my nurse was of me. I remember coming out to my nurse and feeling so proud of myself. Lurie Children’s have created a family for me that I’m not sure they know exists. But I’ve always had the staff there in my corner, advising me, correcting me, treating me, impacting my health far beyond my diagnoses.

I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2019. I was lucky enough to be rewarded with scholarships that helped my college journey flow much smoother. I have recently been employed as a teacher and I am very grateful for the scholarship that CONTINUES to help me move towards my next steps, MOVING OUT! Children’s has always advised me to move with love, hoping I would get involved with camps that are there to cater to the needs of children impacted by HIV/AIDS like Camp Kindle. When I finally listened and went, it changed my life forever. For the first time, I stopped looking at everything that was going wrong and looked at everything that had to go right for me to get where I am. I am loved. Despite whatever obstacles my disease or anything else throws in my way, I know that I am loved and cared for. And as long as I have that, I have nothing but gratitude for the places my life has taken me.”

Congrats on graduating Jarron! We can’t wait to see what you do next.